This 1968 Mercedes-Benz 250SE Cabriolet is one of 954 examples built between 1965 and 1967. This example is finished in Medium Blue (350) over Natural Brown hides and has a matching blue soft top. It was purchased by the selling dealer in May of 2015 out of Los Angeles, California where it was sold new and driven regularly. The car was subsequently transported to Georgia with the current owner and selling dealer. In 2016 this Cabriolet was shipped to the selling dealer's sister company and showroom outside Frankfurt, Germany for repaint and refurbishment including a new Blue soft top, new leather, and new carpets. Otherwise, the car remains largely original and preserved. Power comes from a 2.5L M129 inline-six paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission, and maintenance performed under current ownership includes fresh suspension components, new tires, a complete fluid flush, and a new lined and coated fuel tank. This 250SE Cabriolet currently shows 53,222 miles on the odometer and is offered with partial restoration receipts, manufacturer’s literature, an original tool kit, and an original spare tire.
A repaint of the original Medium Blue (350) was performed in 2016 by The Garage in Bodenheim, Germany. The body shows no signs of damage or corrosion. Original bumpers showing some dings were maintained and kept with the car after the repaint. All the brightwork retains an excellent finish and is not showing signs of dulling or pitting on any surfaces and all glass remains original. An exterior walk around video has been included in the listing.
The original 14" wheels in matching Medium Blue (350) are retained with this example including original beauty rings and Medium Blue hub caps. The seller added new Michelin Defender tires measuring 195/70 on all four corners.
The cabin was reupholstered in Natural Brown Leather while in Germany, and new matching carpets were added to the cabin and trunk in conjunction with the 2016 refurbishment. The wood veneers remain original and well kept with a few cracks visible along various panels and the upper dashboard strip. This example has retained an original and functional Becker Grand Prix stereo. Additional amenities include power windows, air conditioning, and a crack-free ivory steering wheel with matching Natural Brown center pad. An interior tour video has been included in the listing.
The ivory steering wheel frames the original gauge cluster featuring two analog gauges for speed in miles per hour and a tachometer. Centered in between is a vertical analog display with readouts for fuel level, engine temperature, and oil pressure. The analog odometer reads 53,222 miles.
The 2.5L M129 inline-six was rated at 150 horsepower when new and is coupled with a column-shifted four-speed automatic transmission. All components are reportedly working as they should and recent maintenance includes fresh suspension components, new tires, a complete fluid flush, and a new lined and coated fuel tank. A driving video has been included in the listing.
This 1968 250SE Cabriolet is offered with partial restoration receipts, manufacturer's literature, an original tool kit, and an original spare tire. Additional videos are included in the listing below along with photographs of the underbody.
There are few silhouettes in the automotive world that cut a more impressive visage than a W111 Cabriolet. With timeless elegance oozing from its soft, supple lines and enough stature to inadvertently overthrow a medium-sized government, this classy cabriolet is truly stacked; and we’re not just talking about the headlights. Couple the aforementioned with the fact that this example is delivered in the absolute perfect color combination for an upper crust cruiser. Following a thorough, documented restoration, this radiant ragtop is ready for duty as a refined, reliable gem that can transport you to dinner and back with the finest of ease.
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